Triple Crown (snooker)

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The Triple Crown is a collective term used for the three most prestigious snooker tournaments: the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters.[1] These tournaments are sometimes also called snooker's major tournaments,[1][2] the big three BBC events,[3][4] or simply as the big three.[5][6] There are ten players who have won all Triple Crown events at least once: Steve Davis, Terry Griffiths, Alex Higgins, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy.[7][8] Only Davis, Hendry and Williams have won all three Triple Crown events in a single season, and Hendry is the only player to achieve this feat twice, in the 1989/1990 and 1995/1996 seasons.[9][10] In 2013 Robertson became the first player from outside the British Isles to have won all three events.[11]

Triple Crown title winners[edit]

A list of all winners of the three Triple Crown events is shown below by season since 1968/1969.

Season UK Championship[12][13] The Masters[14][15] World Championship[16][17] Ref
1968/1969 started in 1977/1978 started in 1974/1975 England John Spencer (1/4)
1969/1970 Wales Ray Reardon (1/7)
1970/1971 England John Spencer (2/4)
1971/1972 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (1/5)
1972/1973 Wales Ray Reardon (2/7)
1973/1974 Wales Ray Reardon (3/7)
1974/1975 England John Spencer (3/4) Wales Ray Reardon (4/7)
1975/1976 Wales Ray Reardon (5/7) Wales Ray Reardon (6/7)
1976/1977 Wales Doug Mountjoy (1/3) England John Spencer (4/4)
1977/1978 Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (2/5) Wales Ray Reardon (7/7)
1978/1979 Wales Doug Mountjoy (2/3) South Africa Perrie Mans Wales Terry Griffiths (1/3)
1979/1980 England John Virgo Wales Terry Griffiths (2/3) Canada Cliff Thorburn (1/4)
1980/1981 England Steve Davis (1/15) Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3/5) England Steve Davis (2/15)
1981/1982 England Steve Davis (3/15) England Steve Davis (4/15) Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (4/5)
1982/1983 Wales Terry Griffiths (3/3) Canada Cliff Thorburn (2/4) England Steve Davis (5/15)
1983/1984 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5/5) England Jimmy White (1/2) England Steve Davis (6/15)
1984/1985 England Steve Davis (7/15) Canada Cliff Thorburn (3/4) Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (1/2)
1985/1986 England Steve Davis (8/15) Canada Cliff Thorburn (4/4) England Joe Johnson
1986/1987 England Steve Davis (9/15) Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (2/2) England Steve Davis (10/15)
1987/1988 England Steve Davis (11/15) England Steve Davis (12/15) England Steve Davis (13/15)
1988/1989 Wales Doug Mountjoy (3/3) Scotland Stephen Hendry (1/18) England Steve Davis (14/15)
1989/1990 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (3/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (4/18)
1990/1991 Scotland Stephen Hendry (5/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (6/18) England John Parrott (1/2)
1991/1992 England John Parrott (2/2) Scotland Stephen Hendry (7/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (8/18)
1992/1993 England Jimmy White (2/2) Scotland Stephen Hendry (9/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (10/18)
1993/1994 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1/17) Scotland Alan McManus Scotland Stephen Hendry (11/18)
1994/1995 Scotland Stephen Hendry (12/18) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2/17) Scotland Stephen Hendry (13/18)
1995/1996 Scotland Stephen Hendry (14/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (15/18) Scotland Stephen Hendry (16/18)
1996/1997 Scotland Stephen Hendry (17/18) England Steve Davis (15/15) Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
1997/1998 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3/17) Wales Mark Williams (1/6) Scotland John Higgins (1/9)
1998/1999 Scotland John Higgins (2/9) Scotland John Higgins (3/9) Scotland Stephen Hendry (18/18)
1999/2000 Wales Mark Williams (2/6) Wales Matthew Stevens (1/2) Wales Mark Williams (3/6)
2000/2001 Scotland John Higgins (4/9) England Paul Hunter (1/3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4/17)
2001/2002 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (5/17) England Paul Hunter (2/3) England Peter Ebdon (1/2)
2002/2003 Wales Mark Williams (4/6) Wales Mark Williams (5/6) Wales Mark Williams (6/6)
2003/2004 Wales Matthew Stevens (2/2) England Paul Hunter (3/3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (6/17)
2004/2005 Scotland Stephen Maguire England Ronnie O'Sullivan (7/17) England Shaun Murphy (1/3)
2005/2006 China Ding Junhui (1/3) Scotland John Higgins (5/9) Scotland Graeme Dott
2006/2007 England Peter Ebdon (2/2) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (8/17) Scotland John Higgins (6/9)
2007/2008 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (9/17) England Mark Selby (1/7) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10/17)
2008/2009 England Shaun Murphy (2/3) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (11/17) Scotland John Higgins (7/9)
2009/2010 China Ding Junhui (2/3) England Mark Selby (2/7) Australia Neil Robertson (1/4)
2010/2011 Scotland John Higgins (8/9) China Ding Junhui (3/3) Scotland John Higgins (9/9)
2011/2012 England Judd Trump Australia Neil Robertson (2/4) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (12/17) [18][19][20]
2012/2013 England Mark Selby (3/7) England Mark Selby (4/7) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (13/17) [21][22][23]
2013/2014 Australia Neil Robertson (3/4) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (14/17) England Mark Selby (5/7) [24][25][26]
2014/2015 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (15/17) England Shaun Murphy (3/3) England Stuart Bingham [27][28][29]
2015/2016 Australia Neil Robertson (4/4) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (16/17) England Mark Selby (6/7) [30][31][32]
2016/2017 England Mark Selby (7/7) England Ronnie O'Sullivan (17/17) [33][34]
Legend
Player won all 3 Triple Crown tournaments in the same season
Player won 2 Triple Crown tournaments in the same season

Multiple Triple Crown tournament winners[edit]

Nation Name Total World Championship UK Championship Masters Winning span
 Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 18 7 5 6 1989–1999
 England O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan 17 5 5 7 1993–2017
 England Davis, SteveSteve Davis 15 6 6 3 1980–1997
 Scotland Higgins, JohnJohn Higgins 9 4 3 2 1998–2011
 Wales Reardon, RayRay Reardon 7 6 0 1 1970–1978
 England Selby, MarkMark Selby 7 2 2 3 2008–2016
 Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams 6 2 2 2 1998–2003
 Northern Ireland Higgins, AlexAlex Higgins 5 2 1 2 1972–1983
 England Spencer, JohnJohn Spencer 4 3 0 1 1969–1977
 Australia Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson 4 1 2 1 2010–2015
 Canada Thorburn, CliffCliff Thorburn 4 1 0 3 1980–1986
 Wales Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths 3 1 1 1 1979–1982
 England Murphy, ShaunShaun Murphy 3 1 1 1 2005–2015
 Wales Mountjoy, DougDoug Mountjoy 3 0 2 1 1977–1988
 China Ding Junhui 3 0 2 1 2005–2011
 England Hunter, PaulPaul Hunter 3 0 0 3 2001–2004
 England Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott 2 1 1 0 1991–1991
 England Ebdon, PeterPeter Ebdon 2 1 1 0 2002–2006
 Northern Ireland Taylor, DennisDennis Taylor 2 1 0 1 1985–1987
 England White, JimmyJimmy White 2 0 1 1 1984–1992
 Wales Stevens, MatthewMatthew Stevens 2 0 1 1 2000–2003
Legend
Players have won all Triple Crown events at least once.
Players have won two different Triple Crown events at least once and are active.

Champions by country[edit]

Country Players Total First title Last title
 England 13 59 1969 2017
 Scotland 5 30 1989 2011
 Wales 5 21 1970 2003
 Northern Ireland 2 7 1972 1987
 Canada 1 4 1980 1986
 Australia 1 4 2010 2015
 China 1 3 2005 2011
 Republic of Ireland 2 2 1977 1997
 South Africa 1 1 1979 1979

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